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Published July 26th 2015
A firm favourite for life, Alimentari impresses in every way
If I had to choose only one café to visit for the rest of my life, Alimentari in Smith Street would be it. Bringing the joys of perfect coffee, good food and friendly surrounds together to the top of the list is only one reason this double shop-front has fond followers returning. The other is the sheer depth of possibility Alimentari offers to foodie fans, even beyond their doors closing at 6pm.
Food is fresh and on display to take home or to have brought to your table.
A perfect coffee, for some, is a continual life-long quest, but the best can sneak up on you. My latte was delivered hot, not scalding, flavoursome and nutty, topped with a flourish. Another please. Tea is served in pretty china and feels like a special affair on white table cloths. I certainly noticed a wine list too. Noted for next time.
Breakfast from the kitchen is wholesome with specialty touches $7.00 - $17.00 and breads and sweet or savoury morsels are on display. The hand cut bacon in my breakfast roll was thick and smoky. Lunch time panini and wraps are lined up for quick lunches (around $10) and salad offerings are fresh and goodness-packed.
Rotisserie meats are offered after 11.30am and can also be ordered 24 hours ahead to take home whole. This is where Alimentari feels authentic, like family. Food is a real focus, made with pride and available for a fair price. Bring whole meals, sides, sauces, stocks and desserts home too – fresh and packed for the fridge until dinner time – or start from scratch with pickings from the deli range of charcuterie, cheeses, antipasta, or cryovak fresh meat, house-made pasta and imported goods for the larder. Catering for crowds at home or work is on offer too, be it an occasion to stand for small mouthfuls or sit for three courses. Check website for menus and pricing.
Efficient, welcoming and without pretention, describes both the service and the décor. Customers are numero uno here. The kitchen servery and some of the cooking zones are open work spaces and the long barista bar evokes a little bit of Italy, but the true treat is an inviting table in the bustle of an inner-city café, without the constant crack of noise. Friends have thanked me for sending them to Alimentari. I highly recommend you discover this wonderful eatery too.